Truth through lies

Some of you may like my latest Image essay, which is about writing truth through fiction. Here’s an excerpt:

“Maybe we have to come at truth sideways, which if nothing else means saying it sideways, which is what I like about fiction, that you never have to worry about some literal-minded pharisee insisting that actually it happened at the dinner table and not the beach, or that it was a Thursday and not a Sunday, or that he doesn’t recall people really being that stricken the day Kennedy died.”

You can read the rest here.

Comments

  1. Lore Ferguson

    Loved this. Needed this today in the face of backlash about a recent piece: “Maybe we have to come at truth sideways, which if nothing else means saying it sideways, which is what I like about fiction, that you never have to worry about some literal-minded pharisee insisting that actually it happened at the dinner table and not the beach, or that it was a Thursday and not a Sunday, or that he doesn’t recall people really being that stricken the day Kennedy died.”

    Maybe I do just need to take up fiction…

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